African-American writer, teacher, speaker and activist
Charles W. Chesnutt quotes:
Impossibilities are merely things of which we have not learned, or we do not wish to happen.
I will live down the prejudice, I will crush it out. I will show to the world that a man may spring from a race of slaves, and yet far excel many of the boasted ruling race. If I can exalt my race, if I can gain the applause of the good, and the approbation of God, the thoughts of the ignorant and prejudiced will not concern me. If a man be too proud, too self-conceited, or so blinded by prejudice as not to recognize and honor true merit wherever discovered, I want not his good opinion. Let him reserve it for those whom it will please or displease!
Those that set in motion the forces of evil cannot always control them afterwords.
We are all puppets in the hands of fate and seldom see the strings ....
I think I must write a book. It has been my cherished dream and I feel an influence that I cannot resist calling me to the task.
There’s time enough, but none to spare.
We make our customs lightly; once made, like our sins, they grip us in bands of steel; we become the creatures of our creation.
As man sows, so shall he reap. In works of fiction, such men are sometimes converted. More often, in real life, they do not change their natures until they are converted into dust.
The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image.
We sometimes underestimate the influence of little things..
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